Cao Bang City

Cao Bang city is the capital of Cao Bang Province, north east Vietnam. The township is located on the bank of the Bang Giang river, and is around 30 km away from the border with China. If you look for Cao Bang treks, Cao Bang hikes, hiking Cao Bang Vietnam, Cao Bang trekking tours, Cao Bang trekking homestay there is no such activity in the Cao Bang town. You should move north to Trung Khanh, Nguyen Binh, Tra Linh where beautiful off the beaten path trekking trips can be arranged.

Cao Bang city map

Cao Bang city is divided into 8 wards and 3 communes including Hop Giang, Tan Giang, Song Bang, Song Hien, Hoa Chung, Ngoc Xuan, Duyet Chung, De Tham, Hung Dao, Vinh Quang, and Chu Trinh.


The area, Cao Bang (“high plateau”) was the stronghold of the last years of the Mạc dynasty after their 1592 defeat at the hands of the Trịnh lords. During the 19th century the area was resistant to the Nguyen government. The city is also known for the Battle of Cao Bang, the first major decisive victory of the Viet Minh against the French Army.

Getting there

The best way to get Cao Bang from Hanoi is to rent a car with driver. You will be picked up at your place in Hanoi and brought to Cao Bang. Those who are on budget can take a local bus. A bus from Lang Son on the China-Vietnam border take 4-5 hours. There are also buses from the neighboring provinces in northern Vietnam. There are different buses from Hanoi to Cao Bang including both night buses and day buses. Hanoi Cao Bang bus journey takes about 6-8 hours on road.

Taking a guided tour (with a tour guide) is highly recommended, especially when you travel to an off the beaten path destination like Cao Bang.

Cao Bang weather

The geographical setting of Cao Bang township is mostly mountainous, with land available for habitation thus being limited. The average temperature reported in the province is 22 °C (72 °F). Winter temperatures in some areas occasionally experience freezing conditions and some amount of snowfall.

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Cao Bang tours

Our collection of best Cao Bang tours including not only Cao Bang hiking tours, but also car trips, road trips, caving tours, bike ride, motorcycle tours we at Hiking Vietnam run in this region. Traveling these tours you will discover Cao Bang province as well as other non-touristy provinces in north east Vietnam.

Cao Bang Travel Places

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